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Not sure why I never reviewed this before. Awesome Dark Star & Sugar Mag, really cool UJB/WW transition. An exception to my opinion that the Dead didn't sound very interesting that year...
chris phillips -
Subject: May '72
Uncle John's Band and Wharf Rat are very well played. Dark Star is intense.
Subject: Nice Wharf Rat intro
Very nice intro, long and musical.
Subject: the time machine worked!
I set it to 2004, right before the sbds were pulled!
hurry, the flux capacitor cannot hold out much longer!
Subject: Far Fuckin' Out!!!
60 minutes of quintessential Dead! Get it NOW!!!
Subject: Just plain great...
There is a reason that this has been streamed 9,633 times! I have been geeking on mid 80's GD and Dead now for months and this has shaken me back up. Love it!
Subject: Wharfie for Sparky!!!
GD fer GG!! Well, Well, Welcome!! Definitely some awesome "Mind left body"
Subject: Yowza this is great stuff
I love Bobby's vibro-sound in the DS (Mind left Body) Jam, and how that Jam goes through what sounds like a death of a dying star. Amazing, and then resolving into Sugar Magnolia. That audience never knew what hit 'em for sure.
best four live grateful dead songs you'll ever hear.
why this was not included on europe 72? why it hasn't been released? no idea.
this is unbelievable.
Subject: Still On That Double-Decker Bus?
Then pull in for some more fuel because there is some high-octane energy in this fantastic download. The Europe '72 release that finally made me like the Grateful Dead could have easily included this set had they not been so constricted by album length and track selection. As it was I'm sure they had to convince the WB folks three albums would sell, let alone five! (It was three, right? Dang, it's been so long since I spun vinyl.)
Anyway, the music is majestic. All the tracks are gorgeous versions, ones that could be included in anyone's top five and it would be hard to argue against them being there. The mix and sound is very, very good. Down this puppy and play it LOUD.
Five Grateful Skulls.
One more satisfied Deadhead.
Subject: my favorite dark star?
right now it is! no, seriously, this is special - including what I believe is called a "feeling groovy jam" - keith shines in interplay with billy at one point before that jam, and phil is soulful and tight with jerry, who is of course, at the peak of his game (a peak that extended for a number of years) its sweet stuff. a truly great dark star - very jazzy - billy keeping it moving with a quick resonating beat - well recorded show too. mics in all the right places. dark star doesn't particularly space out until the 26:00 mark - this stuff rolls.
more than a welcome addition to your 72 collection - essential - I far prefer it to 4/4 or 5/11 from euope 72...
Jimi @ Holy Grail Studios -
Subject: Jerry is on Fire!
Guitar chops city.This is the show to play for anyone who questions Mr. Garcia's playing ability.And yes it happens,believe it or not.
This is the damn finest version of Dark Star for pure playing.Not the longest or the the most esoteric but that solo is second to none.
Don't let this one escape your collection because of the lack of material available.
This is high on the '72 list, and that is a large statement indeed.
len pierce -
Subject: A really fine DS
This is a great show - well worth the download. The DS is very special - up there with the April 14 and 21 September shows from 1972. Starting with a great segue in from wharf rat, we get a long trippy, spacy jam before the DS verse at 15 minutes. This is followed by 10 minutes of lovely dead jazz jamming - it starts slow and funky with the drums and Phil, before Keith's piano introduces Jerry. And we're not finished ... a long, dissonant, free-form jerry-wild Tiger climaxes into a short transitional jam into sugar magnolia. Phew
Subject: A must for any Deadhead.
This is just a one-disc show, but it's one of the best one-disc shows ever. UJB>Wharf Rat>DS>Sugar Mag? How can you go wrong with a songlist like that? The Dark Star is one of the more spacey and dissonant Stars of E72, and one of the best of this famed tour (right up there with 4/24, 5/11 and 4/14). The jam out of Uncle John's Band into Wharf Rat is really interesting--the harmonic territory of this transition is a must-hear. The Sugar Mag is excellent as usual.
As far as the sound quality goes, this SBD is no HYH or Rockin' the Rhein--it is slightly degraded, but it is very good. If you're a stickler for Europe '72 shows and you don't have this, stop, drop and download.
Subject: Even with the hiss...
...this is well worth the download. I definitely agree with the previous reviewers comments, this is grate stuff! Just a shame there isn't (yet) a seed in circulation with the lineage of the next night's show. :(
Subject: Ah yes
Surprisingly, the only portion of this show that we have is some of the best spacey, deep, '72 Dead that we all love. Some great landscapes are covered in these songs that seemlessly flow together. Repeated listening definately!